Elkhart Lake looking for new building inspector

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The village is looking for a new building inspector.

The village’s current inspector, Between the Lakes Building Inspection of Plymouth, has notified the village that they will be terminating their service to the village as of Feb. 1, 2015.

The Village Board directed Village Administrator/ Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly to begin the search for a new inspector at their meeting last week.

Reilly said Pete Scheuermann of Between the Lakes cited his workload with the cities of Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls – where he is also building inspector – for relinquishing his role with Elkhart Lake.

“I’ve talked to the state building inspector and got the names of some different people,” the village could hire, Reilly said. “Knowing the way we run things, he thought we’d be better with an individual person rather than a firm (for inspections).”

A firm would likely limit the number of hours they are available for inspections due to the low volume of business in the village, she explained, while an individual could be on call for service when and as needed.

The proposed 2015 village budget was introduced to the board. A public hearing on the budget will be held at the Nov. 17 Village Board meeting

The final levy for the budget would increase 4.9 percent, to $1,229,025. All but $6,000 of the $57,300 levy increase is to cover loan payment for the village’s two tax incremental districts, Reilly said.

“We are not going to have enough increment next year to pay them (loan payments), but we should see that catch up over the next several years,” Reilly explained.

The two TIFs cover expansions at Sargento Foods and The Osthoff resort in the village. The property value of those expansions – tax proceeds from which are used to pay off TIF loans – will not go on the tax rolls until next year, not in time to meet costs in 2015.

Village President Alan Rudnick reported that the Joint Emergency Response Committee has completed an inventory of equipment and material at the joint Elkhart Lake/town of Rhine fire station.

“We talked about moving toward having everything in the fire house be joint equipment,” of the village and town, Rudnick continued.

At some point, he added, there will need to be a joint meeting of the Village Board and the Rhine Town Board to decide the issue. “Obviously, we’ve got to be equitable to everyone involved. This isn’t something that has to be done immediately.”

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